A teenager is in the spotlight after ditching her razor and leaving her body hair to grow wild, despite a public backlash.
The nineteen-year-old dancer, Macey Duff, has embraced her hairy self and is urging others to not fall victim to the shackles that society places on people.
It Was Expected Of Me
Macey, originally from Nevada, said that she started shaving her arms and legs when she turned ten as she was afraid of being ridiculed, as reported in the Daily Mail.
“I started shaving around the age of ten. For what reason? Just because all the women around me did it, being taught it was what women should do,” Macey said.
“I would shave any time hair began to grow; I was fearful of anyone even slightly glancing at my armpits, legs and bikini line if I had any visible stubble. I struggled with accepting myself.”
Hairy Can Be Sexy
However, when she moved with her family to Hawaii in 2016, her sister, Ally, happened to see a woman on the beach with thick hair on her limbs, under her arms and bikini area.
After encountering more women who were choosing to toss their razors, Macey was inspired to follow suit.
“My world shook when I witnessed a woman with body hair for the first time. I could not even describe the relief I felt knowing that there were women out there defying the standards placed for us to appeal to public eye as ‘beautiful’ and ‘sexy’ – even ‘worthy’,” said Macey
“I felt inspired and soon experimented with growing out my own body hair. I love it. It was frightening to say the least.”
Body Hair Hatred
Initially, Macey said she was initially hesitant about how everyone around her would react. Some of her critics have been harsh and she’s even had strangers approach her telling her that she is ‘disgusting’.
“I have had words like ‘you should’ve been thrown away in the trash’, ‘too ugly’ and ‘too disgusting’ to ever have a partner,” Macey shared.
A photo of her hairy body was recently shared on Facebook and Macey was shocked by the amount of hatred the picture attracted.
“I was taken back by the amount of hatred; I honestly had no idea people had such a strong and disgusted feeling towards this body I so deeply love,” said Macey
“At first I felt sad. I felt confused. But I had an epiphany, and I realised that although their words were painful, I was planting seeds. Overall I feel grateful and blessed that this image was shared so widely.”
Embrace Your Body Hair
Macey isn’t deterred by the negativity and loves that she has learned to accept herself and connect with her body.
Macey has also set up her own Instagram page @maceytheearthling to share photos of her body hair, to prove that being hairy can also be beautiful.
Her family has been behind her all the way and her two sisters are joining her hairy crusade.
“My family was very supportive, my two sisters and I all stopped shaving and my mother eventually was inspired to discontinue shaving her armpits.”
Macey is amazed at how her decision to stop shaving has changed her life.
“I am empowered by the doors it has opened for me, into a happier, less stressful, and inspiring life. I have never known myself so intimately until I stopped shaving. I didn’t really know who I was until I stopped. It is a journey towards deep self-love.”
Macey also urges others to be authentic, even if it’s going against society’s barriers.
“My advice to anyone who wishes to break society’s perception of beauty; be gentle on yourself. We beat ourselves up so much because we’ve been taught to retch at our own natural existence.
“Own the most authentic version of yourself and allow it to free you from the external idea of beauty.
“Create beauty for yourself. Let yourself be in control of what is beautiful. Find beauty within and you will see beauty in everything.
“Lastly – you’re worth it. Don’t let anyone’s harsh words get you down. This is a journey of self-love; questioning the status quo and unlearning old ways. You are strong and born with beauty.”
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